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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor twelve years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.  

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, brand and marketing strategies. In her capacity as managing editor she has also travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, as well as attending and speaking at conferences and writing about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Vietnam is already the second-largest apparel supplier to the US after ChinaGarment firms set sights on Vietnam amid TPP talks 22 April 2014

Progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to falter, with the latest talks coming to an end last week in Japan amid "considerable differences." Yet many garment makers continue to ramp up their investments in Vietnam - one of the negotiating countries - despite ongoing uncertainties over the rules of origin issue.

Unions had been hoping for a similar show of support from Cambodian workers who rallied earlier this year. (Photo credit: LICHADO)CAMBODIA: Wage strike by garment workers falls flat 22 April 2014

A planned strike by thousands of garment workers in Cambodia appears to have fizzled out after most returned to work days before the end of a proposed seven-day stay-at-home stoppage.

H&M remains committed to higher wages and sourcing from BangladeshSWEDEN: H&M still committed to higher wages and Bangladesh 22 April 2014

Fashion retailer H&M has reiterated its commitment to higher wages and sourcing from Bangladesh after comments by the company's CEO were widely misconstrued in media reports.

Bagir claims a 12.5% share of the UK market for menUK: Bagir Group IPO raises GBP20m to support growth 22 April 2014

Suit maker Bagir Group Ltd plans to pay down its debt and invest in its Ethiopian production facility after raising GBP20m (US$33.4m) in an IPO on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) earlier this month.

Change is inevitable according to discussions at this yearPSF 2014: No one size fits all in apparel sourcing 14 April 2014

Even though China continues to play a pivotal role as an apparel supplier, interest in alternative sources continues to dominate industry discussions. And the picture they paint is of strategies that take account of shifts in domestic demand, investment in Southeast Asia, and outside opportunities like Africa.

The industryPSF 2014: Shifting focus from cost to consumer is key 14 April 2014

The apparel industry needs to find a better way of doing business. That's the stark message to emerge from supply chain executives who believe that instead of squeezing the supply chain on cost and efficiency, the focus should instead be on delivering products that consumers really want.

PSF 2014: Ten sustainability takeaways 14 April 2014

Being sustainable might be "the right thing to do," but it impacts each and every stage of the apparel industry and its supply chain. Here some of the participants at this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong share their thoughts on the issue.

The Adidas SMS Hotline allows workers to express their concernsWORLD: Adidas plans mobile phone hotline at all suppliers 11 April 2014

The use of mobile phones to monitor workers in apparel supply chains is continuing to gain momentum, with sportswear giant Adidas now planning to roll the service out to all of its suppliers in the next few years.

TPP talks have hit a number of "sticking points" on apparel and textilesUS trade stance shifts from fast-track to smart-track 11 April 2014

US trade legislation that is "smart-track" rather than "fast-track," and reflects the apparel and footwear industries "as they are in this century - not as they were in the last one," is how the Senate Finance Committee's new chairman this week set out his upcoming agenda.

Material savings are key to LectraFRANCE: Material costs key for Lectra Versalis leather cutters 11 April 2014

Less than three years after the launch of the first Versalis leather cutter, Lectra has expanded its offering in response to industry challenges, including an increased focus on material savings.

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